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  • Directions

  • Distance

    2.3 miles



The Vortex is a moderate 2.3-mile (out-and-back) hike that leads to a unique 20 foot deep sandstone bowl. The trail begins at the Lower Sand Cove Trailhead in the Red Mountain Wilderness, located near Gunlock State Park, 20 miles northwest of St. George. The trail winds through many different surfaces, beginning with a rocky descent through black lava rock, then into a sandy stream bed and followed by a climb up and over several fantastic petrified sand dunes. Just before the route levels out head right and walk about 50 yards to find The Vortex. In addition to this really unique petrified bowl, the panoramic views from here are outstanding.

  • Location - Red Mountain WIlderness near Gunlock State Park
  • Miles - 2.3 /out-and-back
  • Rating – Moderate
  • Trailhead Facilities – none